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How to Be a Happier Lawyer

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The following is a guest blog post from Susan Joan Davidson, a Dispute Resolution Specialist in Berkeley, CA. Susan specializes in real estate, business, family, and personal coaching on conflict avoidance, arbitration, mediation, and facilitation.

Most lawyers reach a point when they wonder: Am I spending more time stressed and miserable than I am challenged and fulfilled? We’ve been trained to win at all costs, but even when we succeed, we still remember what we did wrong. Self-evaluation has its place, but the adage “We are velcro for criticism and Teflon for praise” is no more true than in the legal profession. There are ways to make even small changes in our professional lives that will bring happiness into focus and allow tension to recede into the background.

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Steps Toward a Healthier, Happier (and More Productive) Law Office

In running a law firm there is often little thought given to physical and mental health of employees. Stress and its close companions high blood pressure, obesity, and substance abuse are major risk factors in the development of chronic health conditions. To keep your office healthy, regularly consider the effects of the office environment on your employees’ health.